Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Blue Blazes Rawden -- March 27, 2018

Moving Picture World, 16-March-1918
William S Hart was an experienced stage actor who was fascinated with the American west.  He often played what became known as the Good-Bad Man.  In Blue Blazes Rawdon, Hart played a hell-raising lumberjack who reformed when he met the mother of a man he killed.  Hart was in the midst of a series of successful movies produced by Artcraft and released by Paramount.

Motion Picture Magazine, March, 1903
"Why did Bill Hart laugh?"  He didn't laugh much in his movies.

Moving Picture World, 23-February-1918
An interesting outfit called WH Productions was rereleasing Hart's old Triangle productions, along with Mack Sennet Keystone comedies.  The Hart features and shorts were often rereleased under other names.

Motion Picture News, 30-March-1918
Bill Hart was not going to stand for that.  He published a letter stating that he had nothing to do with the company.

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